Wiki Wednesday 9-5-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! I’m not much for maritime history, but of course the name of this particular Civil War-era steamer caught my eye: The second USS Memphis was a 7‑gun screw steamer, built by William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1861, which briefly served as a Confederate blockade runner before being captured and taken into the United States […]

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things You’d Save in a Fire

I looked at this topic from a couple of different directions, and discussed it with my husband, who actually has had to save things from a fire. We live in an area of Southern California where wildfires are, unfortunately, not rare, and he and his family had to evacuate their home due to a nearby fire threat several years ago. They were able to return safely and their house wasn’t damaged, but was still understandably […]

Once a parent, twice a parent…

I’ve mentioned this before, but sometimes it seems like there’s a hive mind among the blogs I visit. I’ve been mulling over this post for a few days, and then this question comes up in the daily Q&A over on WIM. I always knew that parenthood was a life experience that I didn’t want to miss. But not considering myself a “natural” at dealing with kids, and being of the opinion that it only requires […]

Labor Day, and some people are working…

…or at least writing things to make us think about working. I’ve come to suspect that too much time spent with “productivity” websites can have the exact opposite effect, so I’m looking to sites like Lifehacker and to find what’s worthwhile for me to check out, and Lifehack’s pointing to a few good ones today. This post about “being selfish with your time” addresses boundary-setting and the ways that “just say no” really can […]

Just finished: “The Good Life”

Just finished: “The Good Life”

The Good LifeJay McInerney When I was young, I often re-read my favorite books. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become far less likely to do so, probably due to a combination of less time to read in the first place and so many appealing new books I haven’t gotten to yet. Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney is one of the few novels I’ve read multiple times since I left my 20’s. Russell and Corrine Calloway […]


The book I’m currently reading (which I expect to finish and review no later than this weekend) has gotten me thinking about class in America, the original “classless society.” (That’s technically not the same as a society with “no class,” although sometimes it turns out that way.) As far as reading is concerned, there seems to be more genuine drama to be found at either end of the class spectrum, especially as the ends seems […]

So, what have we learned?

I believe in karma. I believe that what goes around comes around. And thanks to my deep Catholic roots – even if that plant’s not getting much water lately – I believe in penance. I’ve spent most of the last two days doing it. My conflicted relationship with my job is becoming an old story around here. But we’ve spent a lot of time together for the last couple of days – 12 hours at […]